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Ware prepares for the towns first literary festival
Published:11 Nov 2012

Ware prepares for the towns first literary festival
The Ware Literary Festival 2012
Ware's first two-day literary festival will take place on the weekend of Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November 2012 at Ware Arts Centre in Kibes Lane.

Entitled  - The Great Bed of Words, the festival offers a range of writing workshops, talks, readings and performance over the two day period.

The festival has already attracted novelist Sally Vickers and poet Luke Wright and other big names to the town.

Ware resident and creative writer Lucy Medes Hinken and Dana Captainino, co-founder of the Haringey Literature Festival have organised the festival after talking about the idea last year. They work together at White Rose Training in Ware.

Dana told Ware Online. "I was talking to Lucy about my previous work running a literature festival in Haringey and wondering what happened literature-wise in Ware and East Herts."

"We decided to see if we could put together a two-day festival with creative writing workshops complemented by talks, readings and performances."

"We are delighted to be presenting this new literary event in Ware and to have so many published writers and poets taking part in the Great Bed of Words Festival."

The Festival - Day One
The Festival starts on Saturday with the main focus on poetry and the spoken word. There will be writing workshops on Haiku (Katherine Gallagher), the Sonnet (Oz Hardwick), Poetry (Paul Lyalls) and Scriptwriting (Karen McCarthy-Woolf). There will be also be readings from Ware Poets who regularly meet at the Ware Arts Centre.

Saturday Evening
In celebration of the spoken word Saturday evening will feature a performance poetry event with Luke Wright (‘The best young poet around’ The Observer), Elvis McGonagall (Star of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live), Hollie McNish (Women of the World Festival 2011, South Bank Centre) and Paul Lyalls (Are we nearly there yet? Edinburgh Festival).

Day Two
Sunday will turn to fiction with a short story writing workshop with Katy Darby, and a talk and discussion on Taking your fiction further' with Eva Lewin from London's writer development organisation - Spread the Word.

Another element to The Great Bed of Words is to promote the writing and creativity of dyslexic writers featuring the acclaimed Forgotten Letters anthology with Editor Dr Naomi Folb and contributors Caroline Gardner and others.

The grand finale will be a talk and reading with renowned literary fiction writer Salley Vickers (Miss Garnet’s Angel and Dancing Backwards) who be reading from her new book The Cleaner of Chartres.

Weekend (2-days) - £20; One-Day (Sat OR Sun) - £12; Saturday Evening ONLY - £5 (Tickets Limited so Pre Booking Advised)

The Ware Literary Festival is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and we would like to thank them and also local Ware-based business White Rose Training for providing financial and organisational support.

Further details and booking through the website -

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